Should have been bigger: 11 big songs that have missed the Top 40 this year

The Top 40 can be a tough nut to crack. We look at some of the best tracks of the year so far to miss out on a place.

We’re just over halfway through the year, and while when it comes to singles, we’re all about that holy Top 40, some tracks, for whatever reason, don’t make it.  

It doesn’t mean it’s a bad song or artist. Sometimes they’re just unlucky, others it’s as simple a fact as, that week, everybody liked the other songs a bit more.

But we wouldn’t want you to miss out, so that with that in mind, just for a change, we’re looking a little outside the Top 40 at some of the biggest songs of the year that missed out on a placing. Just goes to show… it really is all down to you.

Oh, and these are in no particular order, of course.

1. Giorgio Moroder feat. Sia – Déjà Vu

Released: April 17
Chart peak: outside the Top 100

There was huge excitement around the return of super-producer Giorgio Moroder, the mastermind behind million-selling Donna Summer track I Feel Love, along plenty of others, and contributor to Daft Punk’s hit album Random Access Memories.

At 74 years young, Giorgio enlisted a host of stars for his comeback project, including Britney SpearsKelis and Kylie Minogue. That extra tough of pop glitter did the trick and Déjà Vu became his first album to chart in the Top 40 in June 2015.

Buzz single Right Here Right Now feat. Kylie introduced the album promo but missed the Top 100, as did the uplifting title track with Sia in full on “belting it out at the disco” mode.

MORE: Giorgio Moroder’s Official Chart archive 

2. M.O – Preach

Released: April 24
Chart peak: Number 51

Created from the ashes of girlbands Mini Viva and Duchess, plucky R&B group M.O had a near miss this year with their 90s-tastic Preach.

Despite tinges of TLC and tight dance routines, Preach didn’t make it to the Top 40, landing at Number 51. It’s the second time M.O have come within sniffing distance of the Top 40 – Dance On My Own peaked at Number 49 in 2014. So. Close.

Will it be third time lucky with the next release? We’ve got everything crossed!

MORE: M.O’s Official Chart archive 

3. Leona Lewis – Fire Under My Feet

Released: June 7
Chart peak: Number 51

Last time we saw Leona was in 2013, when she was brightening up our Yuletide no end with the delightful One More Sleep. Skip forward a year and a half and Leona was asserting her independence and set to release her first new music since parting company with her record company.

The rousing Fire Under My Feet, an energetic cross between Adele and Avicii, saw Leona dealing with her demons and starting afresh. While the track didn’t make the Top 40, reaching Number 51 in the first week of release, Leona’s set to release her fourth album I Am in September, which includes a song written by queen of the ballads Diane Warren.

MORE: Leona’s Official Chart archive 

4. Madonna – Ghosttown

Released: April 19
Chart peak: Outside the Top 100

Thanks to a show-stopping performance (almost literally) at the BRIT Awards, Madonna staged a comeback to the Official Singles Chart with Living For Love, the lead track from album Rebel Heart, reaching Number 26.

Its follow-up Ghosttown was first heard in December 2014 when, to combat hackers on the brink of leaking Rebel Heart in its entirety, Madonna rushed out six of the album’s tracks so fans could listen to them as she intended.

As it had already been around a while, and despite a guest appearance from cult TV show Empire’s leading man Terrence Howard, Ghosttown didn’t score a place in the Top 100. Diplo, who worked with Madge on Rebel Heart, thought the track deserved a bit more attention.

“It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder,” the DJ producer told Rolling Stone. “She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed. Her song ‘Ghosttown’ was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn’t get a fair shot.”

Follow-up Bitch I’m Madonna also went under the radar, but the album peaked at Number 2, so it’s not all bad news.

MORE: Madonna’s Official Chart archive 

5. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town

Released: June 7
Official Chart peak: Number 71

From one Ghosttown (all one word) to another (albeit with two words – do keep up). Adam Lambert staged a huge comeback earlier this year with his third album The Original High. It was a big success, reaching Number 8 to give the king of the Glamberts his first UK Top 10 album.

Despite plenty of buzz and lots of fan support, the moody, unpredictable Ghost Town didn’t crack the Top 40. Instead, the track had to make do with a peak of 71.

MORE: Adam Lambert’s Official Chart archive 

6. Ciara – I Bet

Released: April 14
Official Chart Peak: Number 56

She’s had four Top 10s, including a Number 1 debut with Goodies, and earlier this year Ciara made her return with I Bet.

I Bet had everything: a slick slow-jam sound and a video featuring Ciara in the cleanest leg warmers you’ll find this side of dance class, but it couldn’t pirouette its way into the Top 40. Number 56 was as far as I Bet would go.

MORE: Ciara’s Official Chart archive 

7. Seinabo Sey – Younger

Released: May 20
Official Chart Peak: Number 61 

After winning a clutch of awards in her native Sweden, Seinabo Sey made her debut assault on the UK singles chart earlier this year with electrifying Younger.

The Kygo remix of the track had hit Number 1 in Norway, but in the UK Younger missed the Top 40, landing at Number 61.

Luckily, despite the subject of the song ("OMG look how old we’re all getting", basically), there’s plenty of time for Seinabo to score a hit.

8. Shura – 2Shy

Released: March 10
Official Chart Peak: Outside the Top 100

Longlisted for the BBC Music’s Sound of 2015 poll, Manchester-born Shura looked a shoo-in for  hit with her Janet Jackson-esque slow 2Shy.

On the bright side, Shura’s debut album is slated for release later this year.

9. Janet Jackson – No Sleeep

Released: June 24
Official Chart Peak: Outside the Top 100 

Speaking of JJ, our very favourite member of pop royalty ended what felt like decades of silence earlier this year. Announcing a new album and world tour, Janet dropped her first single in over five years, No Sleeep, a ‘90s-style jam with Janet’s signature breathy vocals and a killer bassline.

The megastar enlisted the help of J Cole, who wasn’t even 1 year old when Janet scored her first Top 10 hit, but so far the track hasn’t broken the Top 40. But thanks to a slick video and the album being on its way, we reckon it might not be all over for No Sleeep just yet.

MORE: Janet Jackson’s chart archive 

10. Selena Gomez – Good For You

Released: June 30
Official Chart Peak: Number 47

A change in direction for Selena, last seen as Taylor Swift’s nemesis in the Bad Blood video, the star dialled things back after her dancey collaboration with Zedd, I Want You To Know.

Good For You, which is moodier than Lana Del Rey’s eyebrows and wouldn’t sound out of place on one of her albums, features A$AP Rocky and almost made it to the Top 40, reaching Number 47.

Good For You is still lingering around the low 50s of the Official Singles Chart – is there time for it to nab a Top 40 slot?

MORE: Selena Gomez’s Official Chart archive  

11. Will Young – Love Revolution

Released: March 27
Official Chart Peak: Outside the Top 100

As a teaser for what would become his fourth Number 1 album, 85% Proof, Love Revolution saw Will Young change tack and go retro on us.

In this ‘60s-style track, Will even managed to weave in a bit of a techno song in the chorus – Tomcraft’s Number 1 banger Loneliness. Now, you weren’t expecting that were you?

MORE: Will Young’s Official Chart archive 

Have we missed any out? Which songs of 2015 do you reckon should have made the Top 40? Lay down your vocals on FacebookTwitter, or maybe try a remix in the comments below.

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